Sony W650 summary
Sony W650 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially introduced on January of 2012. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The W650 places at #76 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #831 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.
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Sony W650 history
The Sony W650 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.
Sony W650 Gallery
You can look at the W650 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony W650 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony W650 based on features that are generally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony W650 Sensor features
The Sony W650 features the BIONZ processor chip. The spec of the sensor in the Sony W650 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below illustrates the W650's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The W650 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony W650 dimensions
Sony W650 weighs 0.27 pounds (124g or 4.37 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Sony W650 is less heavy as compared with various competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The following is a visual of the Sony W650 next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show the button design on the W650.
Sony W650 Lens features
The W650 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 25-125mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really perfect but it will surely be helpful in some circumstances.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.6 and that's quite sluggish and not good in low light occasions and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also need to increase your ISO giving you noisy shots. With the long end, 125mm comes at f6.3 making it really sluggish and you may have to apply slower shutter speeds.
Sony W650 Connectivity
The W650 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Sony W650 Video features
The highest possible video resolution in the Sony W650 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to take a look at another camera should you require better sound in your videos.
Sony W650 Weather Sealing
Sony W650 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.
Sony W650 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony W650 has got a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specs regarding Sony W650 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Sony W650 Shutter features
Sony W650 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony W650 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony W650 has got just built in flash lacking external flash support.
Sony W650 Autofocus features
Sony W650 has got only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it handy for people photography.
It also includes Tracking AF for subjects that move. Sony W650 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing is good for low light or you require more accurate control on focus.
Sony W650 Battery life
The battery life (NP-BN) on the Sony W650 is designed to last for 220 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks which is similar to its competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this class of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Sony W650 for specific kinds of photography
The following graph indicates a outline of the Sony W650 for specific kinds of photography. To view more, check out the specific section below.
Sony W650 Portrait photography advice
The Sony W650 has a points total of 36 which is horrible, meaning that it is not really good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files plus the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Sony W650 as a Street photography camera
Having a nice score of 64, the Sony W650 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sony W650 as a Sports photography camera
A horrible sports photography points total of 41 indicates the Sony W650 is not really good for photographing sports. A camera needs great focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony W650 Travel photography information
Portability is pretty critical in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Sony W650 gets a above average 69 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to buy for your holidays.
Sony W650 Landscape photography details
If you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Sony W650 at it's horrible score of 44 as a landscape camera is not really good within the current marketplace.
Sony W650 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony W650 is not really good as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible rating of 33.
Sony W650 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the W650, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart listed below shows you a summary of the W650 versus it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.
Following are additional cameras you might see as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.